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Bummed

Happy Mondays

1988

Bummed

Album Summary

Bummed is the second studio album by English rock band Happy Mondays, released in November 1988 on Factory Records. During 1987 and early 1988, the band discovered house music and the rave drug ecstasy. Factory producer Martin Hannett was subsequently enlisted to produced the band's next album. Sessions were held at The Slaughterhouse in Driffield over three weeks. The period was noted for heavy drug use by the band and Hannett, with their manager later calling it the first ecstasy-fuelled album. Hannett moved recording to Strawberry, where with the aid of other musicians, added extra instrumentation. Bummed is a Madchester release described as "stiff psychedelic funk" by AllMusic. It was influenced by the 1970 film Performance. Happy Mondays toured the United Kingdom supporting James in late 1987, which coincided with the release of the lead single from Bummed, "Wrote for Luck", on 31 October 1988. Happy Mondays played a series of headlining shows to close out the year; stints of mainland Europe and the UK followed in the first half of 1989. "Lazyitis – One Armed Boxer", an alternative version of closing track "Lazy Itis", was released as the second single from the album on 6 May 1989. Following this, the band embarked on a North American tour supporting labelmates Pixies. At the suggestion of their manager, remixes of "Wrote for Luck" – retitled "W.F.L." – were made by Paul Oakenfold and Vince Clarke of Erasure. These versions were released together as part of a reissued "W.F.L." single in September 1989. Bummed received generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised Hannett's production work. It peaked at number 59 on the UK Albums Chart, though was initially seen as a disappointing seller by Factory Records. The original version of "Wrote for Luck" reached number seven on the UK Independent Singles Chart. "Lazyitis – One Armed Boxer" charted at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart, followed by the remixed "W.F.L." at number 68. Bummed appeared on album of the year and best of decade lists by NME and Sounds and Q. "Wrote for Luck" and Bummed have been viewed as defining releases of the acid house era and the Second Summer of Love.

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Rating

2.66

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4654

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

If somebody were to take the worst elements of 80's music (cheesy keys, gated drums, a dreadful moaning vocalist, all saturated in reverb and thinned waaaaay-the-fuck-out to a treble-y right hot mess) and mix it together, you'd have this album. Not for me.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

I'm a sucker for psychedelia and funk. Throw in some electronic soon and I fall for it. Let's be fair. This is no Stone Roses. But it is still one of the defining albums of the short-lived Madchester movement, which became associated with early rave culture in the UK. And indeed you can dance to this. Now, a lot of people think it's dated. I personally don't get that vibe, and I think it holds more than as a product of its time. Did this album remind anyone else of Public Image Ltd? That being said, I do see many of the faults associated with the album. Maybe I have a twisted music taste, but I loved each of the tracks, each with a unique sound that kept things interesting. And that's enough for me to give it 4 stars. I don't have a favorite track, but Lazitis stood out for me (for sampling Ticket to Ride). Other tracks I really liked were Country Song, Mad Cyril, Performance, Brain Dead, Wrote for Luck, Do It Better, Hallelujah, and Rave On. That's half the album...

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

It wasn’t as good as ‘Pills n Thrills n Bellyaches’ but this album was useful to hear that blend of New Wave and electronic influences which became the Madchester sound. This album is heavily influenced by the talking heads, the smiths, and Lazyitis was very reminiscent of the Beatles’ Ticket to Ride. Overall a nice coherent transition album.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Sounds like what it is: mediocre, drug-addled, pop rock. Pretty boring, honestly. Ecstasy is not a good drug for making music, apparently.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
1

Yeah I was pretty bummed when this came up. Terrible.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Tym razem tak wyspiarsko undergroundowy albumik, ze az zwiazany z manchesterem, bo wedlug wiki jest to gatunek zwany madchester, a czym jest ten oblakany czester, wiec jest to muzyka z pogranicza funka roka, na ktora powstanie miala wspolczesna scena rave, wiec rok 88 muzyka elektro i mordownie ekstazowo lsdowe menczesteru, takie jest wlasnie tlo tego albumiku, juz nawet teraz slysze, ze ciekawie musi to brzmiec jeszcze pod wplywem psychoaktywnoych substancji, syntezatorowe noisy jak na moving in with daja ciekawe efekty, dobry odsluch, bo nie slyszalem jeszcze czegos podobnego, ozywienie psychodelicznego rokowania w nowej orginalnej postaci, tutaj syntezatory klawiszowe, a zaraz ktos na sitarce robi solowke, przy czym wokalista sobie gwizda na wszystko, doslownie, a co do wokalu, to nie jest to spiewanie wyczynowe a raczej spiewanie psychodeliczne, wiec tez dosc specyficzne, widoczne jest wykorzystanie substancji podczas tworzenia tej plyty, ale o dziwo nie ucierpiala na tym produkcja, bo albumik jest jakosciowy jesli chodzi o mastering, sprawdzam kto tam to mixowal, a to pan Martin Hannett od joy division, wiec swiatowej klasy producent, liczynie jest to zabawa w narkotyki, glowny motyw, na plejaka leci wrote for luck, brain dead i country song, jak bedzie okazja trzeba przesluchac jak wypada reszta dyskografii bandy, albo raczej ich lidera Ryderowego, bo widze, ze sporo stuffu pod innymi bandami rowniez tworzyl

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Enjoyable and catchy. Very listenable even on first play.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Groovy

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

I didn't expect this to be good and was pleasantly surprised. Started off strong with a little bit of a lull but most of this album was really good.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

It’s no pills and thrills but I suspect a few were had in the making.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

I'm uhhh .. really BUMMED this album is something I had to hear before I die

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

The musical equivalent of licking doorknobs.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
1

Belanglos, langweilig, überflüssig - mir gehen in Bezug auf die Platten in dieser Liste, die besser nicht aufgenommen worden wären, langsam die Adjektive aus.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Nick was loving it!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

idk yet

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Kamalt El Hadra Ethenya M 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. I'm Better, Ahmed Still Needs Help. I'm Still Waiting For Calls

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

I had never heard of Happy Mondays and had zero expectations going in, but I really liked this album. It definitely sounds of a time, but in many ways sounds relevant today as well. Fat White Family seems like the closest modern contemporary. An unusual but catchy blend of dance and '80s pop rock, Bummed is great for repeat listens.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

This was way better than I expected, despite the shitty prod and mix.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Wicked!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Ayyy Bez was on Pimp My Ride UK, cool guy

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

not another fucking Happy Mondays album. oh wait it’s good actually. pretty tripped out. some of the songs kinda blend, but the vibe’s good. a more interesting, less sterile version of the following album.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Lovely ecstasy filled tunes from the past, early psychedelic rock

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

3.5. Very early nu wave vibes with some music that seems to have influenced the 80s, especially the poppier The Cure

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Oki Pop

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Pretty solid melding of genres. I’m into it! The lead guitar on “Lazyitis” is beautiful with all that reverb.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Leuk! Smaakt naar meer.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Nooit in de Happy Mondays verdiept maar dit is echt wel tof! Duidelijk waar Stone Roses zich door hebben laten inspireren.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

English Grunge? Yes please.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

4/5 - fun!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Quite enjoyable at a first listen, time will tell how good.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

vella gay

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

I will listen to this today!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed listening to this album and will definitely put a few songs on my running playlist. Kinda like a mash of Talking Heads, Green Day and the Cure, if that's possible. I especially liked the first track and now can't get "lalalala redneck" out of my head. And, who doesn't like a song that ends with a horse neigh? I would advise against selling ecstasy to the army, though!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Happy Mondays at their very best

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Pretty good album! I’d like to use this time to ask ask the question; why is it that Spotify and Apple Music always put these remastered versions of albums up that double the songs of the original release? It’s always a bunch of B-sides or demos. Really kills the flow of an album or in the case of one like Bummed, I have no idea if this is a double album or just expanded. I have to assume because they're the latest version the studios have put out, so that’s what these services are able to license. I’ve noticed this trend more going through the list of albums and most LPs are usually only 30-45 minutes long, but the version that’s available is 2 hours long. It’s too much! It’s like if the only version of Lord of the Rings that was available was the extended editions. I would never watch them!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I really liked this.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Wow I didn't know what to think but I really, really liked this. Heavy Cure like sound but nothing wrong with that.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

old school

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Takes a while to click but once the fug clears it's great, love the grooves and just the general vibe. 3.5 rounded up

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Fri May 06 2022
4

-The singer in "Fat Lady Wrestlers" sounds a bit like Ace Frehley -Overall a pretty nice funk/dance/rock-ish album. Generally nice. Nothing was mind-blowing, but the energy was good. Probably a soft 4 star album.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Really cool alternative rock album from the late 80s. It presages a lot of musical ideas that will come to fruition in the 90s. Well worth a listen 4/5

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Thu May 26 2022
4

I really liked Brain Dead and Do It Better. The album was pleasant to listen to, and not much "bothered me" but not too much stood out. A 3.5 is really more accurate than a 3 or a 4 here, but since that isn't an option and I'm having a good day, it's a 4.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

I think Luke would break up with me if I rated this less than 4... but luckily I did really enjoy this and recognised a good few off here. It's so much of things I love about 80s rock - synths, the way the vocals are mixed, the drums. again, another album which makes me reminiscent of the 80s even though I wasn't there

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Felt like I was high in the first parts of the song traveling across the country and then decided to take acid when it wore off through the rest of it. Really good stuff.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

I wasn't sure an ecstasy-fueled psychedelic album from the 80s would be my cup of tea. But I enjoyed this more than I expected. Witty lyrics and a great 80s dance vibe made me think this might have been just the ticket for an ecstasy-fueled evening at the hottest club in 1989. Interesting and fun!

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

4/5

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

A great listen

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Never heard this album before. Pretty great all round

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Sounds like The Smiths, Killing Joke, New Order and The Beatles put in a blender with a generous helping of coke and ecstasy sprinkled in

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Tue Sep 08 2020
3

Not my scene

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

I kind of like this one a *little* more than the previous one I listened to, but it's still a hazy ... something. The drugs in Manchester must have been great. Favorite tracks: "Mad Cyril", "Fat Lady Wrestlers", "Brain Dead"

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Good but I like Pills n Thrills better

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Ecstasy Alternative

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

weird sound but a few good songs

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

So much of this was good. Real weird and the lyrics were lame in a good way too. Quite smiths like that second track too. Obvs v stone roses too.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

It turns out the only Happy Mondays songs I've heard are from their next album. Had a hard time getting into this album at first; it walks a very fine line between shaggy and sloppy. "Wrote For Luck" is a standout, also helped to listen to some of the remixes on the Collector's Edition. "Lazyitis" also was a bright spot on my first listen. Tough to rate; probably a 2.5. 2 if I focus on the negatives and 3 on the things it does well. Wikipedia highlight: "Bummed is definitely an E album, perhaps the first full album ever made on that drug"

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

pretty good

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Cool to hear them in a more psychedelic phase. Bits of this were even shoegazey. But kinda forgettable sometimes too?

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

It helped to understand that they were on MDMA when they made this. I almost get it. If those were their only instruments, I suppose I could see how this would be the byproduct. But… not my thing.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

It was enjoyable. I didn't listen to it loudly enough. I bet it's a banger at high volumes. 3.5.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Herrgott, wer hat Alben erfunden, die länger dauern als eine Folge Breaking Bad? War aber ned schlecht. Dh. 3

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Semibängeri Jännä punk/rock/emt?

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Very late 80s. I feel like if they were a bit more melodic, they could have easily been on iconic 80s movies soundtracks. Some fun bops but none help my attention.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Reminds me of The Cure, just not quite as good.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

really catchy, pleasing, indie music. Hard to guess when it was produced. Could have come out this year for all I know.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

No están mal, pero un poco dolor de cabeza. Les daré un 3.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Good but won’t go back and listen again

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Mon May 17 2021
3

5

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Enjoyable enough but didn’t really wow me

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Liked this a lot.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

"Son, I'm flirty - I only went with your mamma 'cos she's dirty" The inimitable Shaun Ryder and the Happy Mondays. It feels out of time and I don't think it's aged that well.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I didn't really give this album an attentive listen but having it on in the background it really struck me as well... background music. Nothing really popped here for me to make me want to take a closer look. But that said, it was enjoyable to have on. I'm sure there's a universe in which I could get really into it.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Not new to psychedelic genre, but I usually listen to rock instead of funk- Also they were definitely on smthn when recording these songs cuz Most Memorable Song : Mad Cyril - just like all the songs in this album its messy, but it doesnt take away from the song it just adds 👌 Other moments : Lazyitis sounds like it was made by an irish bad ngl. Also they were definitely going through it when they wrote Performance

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Happy Mondays are great, but this album is rubbish. Shaun can’t sing for toffee.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Very much of its time. Not sure it holds up as a classic album. Interesting, but I wouldn’t revisit. Ryder’s vocals are fun but Happy Mondays sounds like a party you arrive at too late and everyone is wasted and they’re having more fun than you. Which is probably true.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Some nice things, but not amazing

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

My Design Tutor was a part of Grand Central Station and did all the Happy Monday’s Album covers. I also helped Bez carry a 14” TV and PS1 to his car when I worked at Curry’s It’s like being back home. 5/5

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

For most of this album I couldn't get into it at all... When it doesn't hit it feels derivative, boring, laboured, uninspired. It kind of did win me over in the end though - there's a few tracks in the final third of the album, namely Rave On, which hit hard and really do achieve what I suspect Happy Mondays are trying to do on the record - groovy, hook-oriented dance rock that really grabs your attention and shakes you side to side. It's just a pity it took so long to get there

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

One album several colours. The album is certainly not monotonous but not everyones taste. (6/10) Favorite Tracks: Lazyitis

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Pills Thrills Bellyaches is far superior but still a solid 3

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

A mixture of early U2, the Smiths, and some New Order thrown in just to round things out. I liked the songs well enough.....2 or 3 at a time. Anything beyond that and all the songs started to sound the same.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

3.4 - I like it well enough, I guess? Sort of sounds like "Unbelievable" by EMF. It's got that British rave MDMA vibe to it. I like the guitar effects and other backing tracks. I'm sure the lyrics are interesting, maybe, if I could understand the vocals? I'm probably not taking the right drugs? I'd say I need to probably give it more time but I don't know that I want to.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Garbled but above average pop-punk rock

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

A little Shaun Ryder goes a long way for me. There's some good stuff here, Wrote For Luck and Lazy Itis are great but I think I like Pills 'n' Thrills better.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

An average album if ever there was one. Ok.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

I love 80's music....but I did not like this very much.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

Sounds very much of its time - the line between dated and nostalgic is thin! Not a band I knew well, due to my age, and my parents' ages, when they were big. Lazyitis (too short) and Wrote for Luck (too long) were my favourites

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

I wouldn't call it "english grunge", nevertheless I appreciate the psychedelic features provided by Happy Mondays. Quite nice to listen, however I didn't find anything special for me.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

I know that with the country stats recently tallied that Britain came in second to the US as far as overall albums on the list, but so many British albums stand out simply because they don't stand out. A lot of British bands aren't that distinct from one another so you just wind up with a wash of whatever genre it is, whether it's punk, post-punk, Britpop, or whatever. There are some incredibly vital British albums, but the list needs to be pruned. This is a perfectly average British post-punk album that is a fine 3 and nothing more. It isn't necessary to have this much representation on the list when the music scene isn't that diverse.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Another middle of the road project for the week. Pretty nondescript rock. Ever so slightly more enjoyable than yesterday's Joy Division album, but honestly about as forgettable. I can't say much at all here, I don't even know the band. Favorite tracks: Mad Cyril, Performance, Lazyitis. Album art: A cool painting, nice colors. Doesn't do much for me. 3/5

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

madchester baby

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Pretty enjoyable, liked the grooves here and Wrote For Luck was my favourite here. After a while the songs become the same which is the only downside here.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

OK, bit boring in hindsight

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

It was fine

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

no need for this album to be on this list when Pills n Thrills exists

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Some catchy British tunes that worked pretty well as background music. No recognized songs

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

I like the Happy Monday's weird, psychedelic, surreal, funky and weird approach. it is surprising and funny and fun. This was the album where (apparently) they discovered ecstasy. It think the musical approach really shines through in the remixes (WFL especially) that came out of this album, rather than beign seen ont he album itself. And their subsequent records REALLY show this, and are much more dance-y than this. It's that trance-like dance-like, almost krautrock Madchester thing that I really like, so this album is the first flash of that (but not quiet there)> interestingly, on listening to the deluxe version, I most liked the second disc with all the 12" versions and remixes attracted; they really bring out what I love about the Mondays. The band is loose to the point of (almost) falling apart, which is their real charm.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

This was a strange piece of music, surprisingly. There are many elements which I tend to be a fan of, but under a filter that rather detracted from the listening. That said, the songs grew on me the more of the record I heard.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

With a potentially generic name like Happy Mondays, I'm not sure if I've heard of the band before. All of the music was new to me, but with hints of other bands that I listen to. I was reminded in part of the band James, and after listening to the album I looked up the Happy Mondays and found out that they are part of the Manchester sound (along with James) from bands that were putting out music in the early 90s. I liked the album, but no tracks stood out for better or worse. If I had to pick one track, it would be "Performance".

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Patchy swagger

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Not a bad album. You can definitely hear the Martin Hannett production / influence . Is this the direction that Joy Division would have taken had Ian Curtis not died? It's a sound that I naturally gravitate to but the songs lack a certain distinctive quality that keeps them from being me.orale indicates ideally. 3 5 🌟

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I don't have enough MDMA in by bloodstream to properly appreciate this. Was thinking this might be a 2 star review on the first listen, but a second listen exposed some of its charm. Still, though, it's a bit of a shambley mess! 😂 Fave track - "Bring A Friend" maybe, or "Do It Better" for the weird grunting at the end!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

I think I like the idea of the Happy Mondays more than I actually like the Happy Mondays if that makes sense. It's fine, some songs are decent, others are completely forgettable.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Not my preferred flavor of synth-pop, but not bad.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Pretty good sound here, but no songs that really stuck out.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Sounds very much of its time - the line between dated and nostalgic is thin! Not a band I knew well, due to my age, and my parents' ages, when they were big. Lazyitis (too short) and Wrote for Luck (too long) were my favourites, along with hallelujah

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

I enjoyed this well-marbled slice of Madchester. I feel like scene records like this are difficult to fully appreciate out of context. Which reminds me of a general challenge with the randomly generated album approach of this project. I feel like a chronological order and slightly slower pace would allow more time to listen to contemporary albums or the artist’s broader discography. I try to this a little bit anyway, but feel a little pressured to move forward. Anyway, most of that doesn’t have anything to do with this record in particular, which after a somewhat rocky start, finds a fairly unique groove. The Stone Roses are my favourite band of this era, which might have led to a somewhat unfair comparison. The songwriting and vocals here aren’t quite as strong, though the unique arrangements and production are pretty compelling. What I appreciate most is the sense of playfulness and discovery that animates Happy Mondays’ work here. There feels like an insatiable desire to integrate such a range of psychedelia, funk, and dance music. That interpolation of “Ticket to Ride” on “Lazyitis” was cool and unexpected. Favourite tracks: Performance, Wrote for Luck

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Unfortunately plagued by the 80s sound. It's okay and I can see why someone would like it, but all sounds very 80s cheesy beyond the vocals.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Good moments here and there, overall the energy of it was a bit much for me. "Ecstasy fueled" is not something I necessarily seek out in the music I choose to listen to.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

happy Monday but bummed?? really makes you think

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Pendant 38mn, les membres du groupe Happy Mondays vont tenter d'utiliser absolument tous les codes des années 80 pour essayer d'obtenir un semblant de succès. Malheureusement, ils resteront tout du long à côté de la plaque, ne parvenant jamais à toucher dans le mille.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Une très belle bouillie des années 80.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Luokassa miellyttävää surinaa. Ei mikään biisi taas lävistänyt erinomaisuuden kalvoa, mutta tykkään kyllä soundista. 3/5

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Solid 3, does make me feel like being lazy

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

When the first track started, I figured I was in for a disaster. But, as the album progressed, I actually found myself liking this album a lot more than I thought I was going to! It is very reminiscent of some 80s alternative and new wave which I love. It's also saturated with some of the most defining sounds and effects from the 80s. That said, it still somehow defies being pinned into any genre from that time (thanks, it's the ecstasy). While I really loved the music on this album, the singing and vocalization is what I found to be lackluster. The vocals are usually incoherent and the lyrics (when understandable) are often nonsensical. While this goes along well with much of the 80s, something about the vocals just seemed worse than that. This album may be a hot mess, but damn if I can't help but find it to be an intriguing, cool mess.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

this album is in the "not bad" category! really, considering the variety and amount of drugs happy mondays was on during this album's creation, it is quite good. the vocals leave something to be desired, but the guitar, drums, keyboard definitely deliver. i could hear happy mondays' experimenting with this album and touching on so many genres. an enjoyable, intriguing listen.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Pretty much as Happy and Monday as expected.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

I like the Happy Mondays. This was a little moody Tuesdays though

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Meh

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Fri May 06 2022
3

OK. Never exactly been a big Mondays fan. The behind-the-scenes story (whereby the band were doing a roaring trade in ecstasy pills, including selling them to soldiers at a barracks near the studio) interests me more than the end result. Still, worth getting in its 2 CD which also has the Madchester Rave On EP plus other single versions and remixes etc.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Funk psicodélico. Ni fu ni fa.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

I don't think this makes sense, but this music is dreamy and heavy at the same time. The rhythm guitar playing is strong - Wrote For Luck being the highlight. Playing it really loud on the dance floor  would be a blast I'm sure.  Any consideration to give a 4 evaporated as soon as I read they made a song that sounded like Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da. If you're going to rip off a Beatles song, at least rip off one that isn't lame. Something like Ticket To Ride for example. lol

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

I like Happy Mondays generally and appreciate them but can't say I often listen to them. This was fine but didn't think it was anything special.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

This is not exactly my scene, I'm not into this sound or kind of shout/singing. I do enjoy the Bowie vibes of synth sounds and the drums are cool. Not bad music to have on while working and it hasn't put me in a terrible mood.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Un d'aquells discos que són més banda sonora de l'època i el lloc que obres amb un valor intrínsec. Interessant i depén de l'edat amb un toc nostàlgic important, pero incomparable amb altres discos realment seminals com el debut d'Stone Roses, del qual es troba a anys llum musicalment

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

It's alright, sort of generic Brit-pop. I don't care for the way the lead singer was yelling at me in many of the songs. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Pleasantly surprised.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Some interesting sounds with this one.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Rock on, sister.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

ça passe pour un album qui commence par une "Country Song"

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Longggggg. Not bad, solid background music I guess.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Siento que esta es de esa música que tenías que haber estado ahí (lugar o al menos la época) para realmente apreciarla. A distancia suena como lo que describe su artículo en wiki: drug-fueled álbum. De las muchas cosas ochenteras que hemos oído esta no es de las malas, pero tampoco me vuelve loco para investigar más.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Se nota mucho el sonido que influirá a bandas como Kasabian en el futuro sin soltar la parte ochentera. Sin embargo es música con la que no logré conectar. No es necesariamente mala pero tampoco pasa nada si no los vuelvo a escuchar. 2.5 que subo a 3 porque no creo que sean terribles ni nada, sólo no hubo conexión pero puedo reconocer su importancia. Wrote For Luck es la mejor.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

I had to keep starting this one over because I kept forgetting to listen. By the third time through, I sort of liked most of the songs but only sorta. I won't remember it.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Mostly inoffensive. Best track: Lazyitis

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I like the music, but the lyrics are generally awful. For example, Bring a Friend really caught my ear and I was prepared to list it as a favorite track, until I saw the crass lyrics. Tons of stoner lyrics in other songs. Wrote for Luck is a good song and the lyrics aren't terrible. They occasionally reminded me of the band James who are not on the 1001 albums list but should be (damn, I even just saw that Happy Mondays opened for James. That makes the omission even worse). I'll give it a 3 because the songs sounded good, but no higher because of the lyrics.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I mean, it was okay. I just didn't hear anything groundbreaking in this. It sounded like your average alternative rock from the 80s. How was this different from what others were doing? I don't get it. The opening in particular kinda bothered me. Th scratching or whatever was grating. It just didn't hit me at all. I mean, I guess it was... ok? Low 3 AT BEST.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

I thought I would enjoy this album a bit more than I did, Happy Mondays are obviously a significant band in the scope of 90s indie, but I didn't really get into this album

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Nothing worthwhile really, no song stood out, singing voice was close to being annoying.... Next please

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

This album goes nowhere. Unintelligible singing with instrumentals that remain flat from beginning to end. Nothing must hear here.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

2.8 - Decent for what it is, but still kind of overproduced 80s, vocal heavy house music. “Wrote for Luck” want half bad.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

3/4. Dug it. Would listen again

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

When I reviewed Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches a while back, I think I used the word "scuzzy" to describe the sound of Happy Mondays. I've got a say, that's about as spot-on a descriptor that I have ever applied to a band, so I'm going to use it here as well. I'll add that I mean it in the most complimentary way. It's hard to put my finger on what it is exactly about them, but these guys are really entertaining. This is not Happy Mondays' best album, but it's a lot of fun. The band have yet to refine their funky, ramshackle sound (inasmuch as they ever do), resulting in a bit of a loose, musically untethered group of songs with a great groove. Interestingly enough, I think the looseness is really is part of its charm. They really own this genre. Fave Songs: Lazy Itis, Mad Cyril, Wrote for Luck, Country Song, Performance, Brain Dead

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Kinda interesting, kinda loud and abrasive

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Average

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I was expecting something more similar to Stone Roses so at first I wasn’t too impressed with this. But then, after 4 or 5 listens it grew on me. It’s definitely a more chaotic and nonsensical side of the genre - especially lyrics are a mess. But this kind of chaos is addictive. I enjoyed the jangly guitars in the background building the atmosphere throughout the entire record. The bass lines were also distinctively groovy at times. My favourite tracks are Moving In With, Mad Cyril, Performance, Bring a Friend and Lazyitis (ticket to ride + a great guitar outro to the entire album). Overall, I think I enjoyed more the vibe the entire album gives off rather then particular songs. You can feel this very particular era of madchester on this album. But I’d still choose Stone Roses over this anytime. 3.5/5 down to 3 for the lack of any particular song that really grabbed my attention

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

It’s fine

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

meh

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Not bad

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

C’est weird mais c’est pa smauvais, j’ai eu du rock, electro? Je sais pas trop quoi en pkenser mais c’est tres originale. 3.75

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Fucking Weird. I don't hate it. 3/5

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Relatively enjoyable. First time listening to them

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

I don’t get it with this band. The music goes between bog standard blues-rooted rock and a slack pastiche of new wave, dance and funk that doesn’t add anything I can discern to any of them. But the vocals particularly do nothing for me, this sustained monotone Northern British yawp. The playing is too competent to get into 2 star territory, but it’s a bare 3 for me.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

This is some really classic bad 80s music. I did not enjoy this, however, I think they could have made it worse.

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Wed Jan 06 2021
2

Really not feeling this one. Sort of short album that feels like it goes on forever. The music isn't that enjoyable. Feels very jam-y which isn't up my alley.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

2,5/5

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

This album sounds pretty cool but a lot of the songs didn’t grab me, probably something to come back to tho

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Not good

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

Ok, but lacked the fun of Pills & Thrills

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Was fine. Had the “Money Money Money” bass line at the end of the album.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

I read the first line of the wiki page and already felt exhausted about listening to another english alt band. Tried to give it an honest shot, but found myself skipping to the next song about 3/4 through every track. I'd love to hear what someone loves about this album cuz it just isn't there for me. Lazyitis was the best track, and only partially because I knew it was the last one.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Pop suave. Reguero

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Kinda weird sounding

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Incredibly middle of the road and forgettable. I don't think I've come across an album on this list yet that I have had less of an opinion of. I literally finished it less than 60 seconds ago and I have forgotten it entirely. At least Slipknot was memorably bad.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

WTF - they give us the Happy Monday’s on Tuesday morning? Let’s focus people! Mostly soundalike 80s art pop. I did like the riff and beat on ‘Wrote for Luck’. 2 stars.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Not sure "maybe the first album made on E" makes this album noteworthy of being on this list. I think this album really shows the brit-rock bias of this list. Close to being decent for me but something is scratchy almost about most songs throws me off. 2.5 but rounding down

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Mja, niet mijn ding

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

its ok at best, 2 listens in

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Not bad, but there was nothing special about it either.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Best lekker even, krijg alleen die zanger met de sambaballen nooit meer uit mijn hoofd als ik nummer van hun hoor.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Mad Cyril Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Jumbled and overlapped beats and rhythms. No thanks. 1.5

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Instantly forgettable

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Quite like them as a band, don’t mind this as an album, but lacks bangers and unlikely to revisit

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

It's not actively horrible to listen to like some of the other albums we've had so far, but it really isn't pleasant in any sort of way either. I guess some of the instrumentation and song structures (particularly the funk-influences in the guitar lines and bass) could be interesting if it weren't all so dissonant, so droning, and covered by the off-putting vocals.

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Sun May 23 2021
2

I feel there are better albums by better bands with this same sonic approach. I found myself hating the singer.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Inget för mig

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

This psychedelic funk album was pretty groovy. Its genre can also be described as Madchester - which is indie dance music from Manchester during the 80's. The music was mixed well and a few of the songs stood out, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to this album. Fun fact: this album was entirely recorded while every band member & producer were high on ecstasy.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

18th August 2021 Listened in bits and pieces and finished off on the way to meet sav for a pint in Victoria. If at a festival, house party etc then this would be banging. Difficult when you're just listening to it.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

Another one that’s highlighting how British biased this book is (duh author from UK) I just had another happy mondays album a couple of days ago so unlucky RNG from the site. I don’t know that I’ll genuinely give this the shot it might get in a few weeks. The meh is still hard from the last one.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Uninspired

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

meh. feels uninspired and uninteresting

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

eh. 2.5. it's new wavy so I thought I'd like it but there was just something off for me, maybe the vocals.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Bummed that I had to sit through this boring, unenthusiastic performance art. Ugh.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

I got tired of this album pretty quickly. The sound wasn't bad but it wasn't interesting either and I was not a fan of the vocals at all. It sounded both unique and completely bland and mediocre at the same time

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

This is the second Happy Mondays album on the list, and I’m not really digging them. I much prefer the heavier version of this as heard in later PWEI

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

I wasn't crazy about them before and that hasn't really changed. I think I could tolerate a song of theirs every once in a while, but a whole album was honestly excruciating.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

Pretty meh alt brit album. The music doesn’t really work for me but for it being the late 80s, it does sound like it was ahead of its time. Album had more of a 90s alt/grunge album with some punk electro in it. It was ok just not my sound. 4.3/10

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

It was fine. 2.5

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Sun Nov 07 2021
2

Dull

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Couldn’t get into the music or vocals.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

A day late with the band name but the album title is spot on for how I felt about this one. It wasn't terrible but that's two unnecessary albums this week.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Terrible.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Let's be honest, the Happy Mondays were fun as a novelty circus, but not particularly good. Maybe this would sound amazing if I were to chug down a load of ecstasy, but that's not something I'm ever going to find out. 2.5/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

idk

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

I didn't know this band but they aren't my style.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

אלבום גרוע

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Ok

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

A mess. Just about every instrument is drenched in reverb whilst being sloppy, too busy and perhaps overproduced. One thing I will say is that it’s consistent. The album has momentum and flows well throughout. But its all a mess. 2/5 - Won’t be listening again.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

Most songs seemed to blend together

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